30 Morning Journaling Prompts to Change Your Life

The simple habit of sitting down to write morning pages at the start of your day can have a huge impact on your mood, mindset, and motivation. We have 30 prompts to launch your morning journaling routine this month.


Never thought of yourself as "a morning person?"

It might be time to give morning journaling a try.

Starting the day with a relaxing ritual like morning journaling can help you start your day with a clear head, and feel more motivated and prepared to take on the day's challenges.

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Benefits of Morning Journaling

What is morning journaling?

Just like it sounds, morning journaling is the practice of writing in a journal every morning before you start your day.

It doesn't have to be anything special or fancy. Your journal is a private place for you to come as you are, and write whatever you're feeling.

This is why journaling is a great way to process your thoughts. When we write things down, we are forced to articulate what we're feeling - no matter how confusing - in an organized way.

This can give you a new perspective on anything that has been troubling you, and help clear your head.

Give morning journaling a try if:

  • You dread getting up in the morning
  • You start your day feeling stressed or anxious
  • You want to feel calmer and more present
  • You want more motivation throughout the day

Another reason to try morning journaling?

All the best writers do it.

A famous book by Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way, recommends "morning pages" as a daily practice for creatives.

Morning pages are 3 full pages of hand-written, stream of consciousness thoughts written as soon as you wake up.

This practice caught on with creatives all over the world. It has been said to boost creativity, shed negativity, and clarify goals.

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Tips on how to do Morning Journaling

For the fullest effect, make morning journaling a ritual.

Maybe you want to sit down with a cup of coffee or your breakfast, and write at your kitchen table.

Or maybe you want to write while cozy in bed before you get up.

Whatever you choose, consistency is key. Writing in the same place, at the same time every day can help solidify morning journaling as part of your daily routine.

The usual thought is that it takes 21 days to develop a habit that sticks.

A journaling app like Jour can help you stay accountable. Jour sends you daily reminders to write in your journal, and provides personalized prompts so you never run out of ideas about what to write.

30 Morning Journaling Prompts

To support you in your first month of morning journaling, we have 30 prompts ready for you to use each morning. Use them to guide your thoughts and let your ideas flow!

  1. How do you want to feel at the end of today?
  2. What's something that made you laugh recently?
  3. What are 3 things you're grateful for today?
  4. What's one thing you'd like to do well today?
  5. What's an important goal that you're working toward?
  6. What working well in your life right now?
  7. What are you looking forward to today?
  8. What's a new hobby or activity you want to try?
  9. What's something interesting you learned recently?
  10. What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
  11. Who in your life are you most grateful for today?
  12. What do you want to make time for today?
  13. Where do you want to be a year from now?
  14. What inspires you?
  15. What's one area of your life you'd like to improve?
  16. What can you do to set yourself up for success today?
  17. What compliment can you give yourself right now?
  18. What do you want to remember about this time in your life?
  19. What most helps you feel relaxed?
  20. What reminder do you want to give yourself today?
  21. What have you learned about yourself in the last year?
  22. What was the the highlight of your day yesterday?
  23. What do you want to focus on today?
  24. Who is a personal hero to you?
  25. What are you most proud of?
  26. What is your favorite memory of this year so far?
  27. What aspects of your life bring you the most happiness right now?
  28. What's something you'd like to get better at?
  29. How would your life today amaze your childhood self?
  30. What small step can you take to work toward reaching a goal today?


We hope this article has helped you understand the amazing benefits of morning journaling. It's a great way to start off the day: by checking in with yourself, you become more self aware, and by writing out your thoughts, you can work through anything that's weighing on your mind. Making it a daily habit can improve your mood, help you feel more connected to your goals, and maybe — just maybe — even become a morning person.

If you're ever looking for a little more inspiration, the Jour app is always here for you with tons of personalized journal prompts and resources to help you with whatever you're going through.

Happy writing!